Thursday, July 27, 2017

A Sense of Belonging...

Hey there Ladies!!

Everybody wants to belong...wants to be a part of something...something...anything that affirms who they are...Makes them feel...special, loved, unique, accepted, comfortable, needed.

You may not be the loud one with the purple hair, but be the soft-spoken one with hair in a bun. You may not be into basketball, video games, or Hip-Hop music but really love ballet, the theater, and classical music.

You see, we tend to gravitate to the people we feel most comfortable with. The Black kids to the Black kids...the athlete to the athletes...the White kids to the White kids...the punk-rocker to the punk-rockers...and so on and so on and so on, but that's just the way it is. Yes, we do mingle and interact with other people groups all of the time, but those relationships are...different from our relationships with those who are like us. The language is different. The topics of conversation are different. The comfort levels are different. The experiences are different. 

I'm saying all of this to say, although we are all different, we're the same. Not only did God create us to be unique and season the Earth, He also created us to season each other's lives. 

So go ahead and be the salt! 

Be blessed of the Lord!

Dr. Baker

Friday, June 16, 2017

God's Glorious Summer

The summer months are upon us.  Vacations, outdoor activities, barbeques, gardening, family reunions, and long walks -- all signs of the season and blessings we too often take for granted.  

God is constantly reminding us of His presence and His sovereignty. The changing of the seasons is an example of this.  Even in Chicago where day to day weather can be unpredictable, we can always count on spring giving way to summer before moving into fall and then winter. Each year we can count on this cycle created by God and the various joys associated with each part of the year.  What makes summer special to you? Where in summer do you see the presence of God?  His blessings?  His sovereignty? Whether it is a trip to the farmer’s market, fresh flowers, or the mild temperatures, give God glory for His creation.  Acknowledge Him as the creator with all-encompassing authority. Thank Him for keeping His promises.  Rejoice in His gifts!

“He covers the sky with clouds; he supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills.”  Psalm 147:8

"You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas, and all that is them.  You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you. Nehemiah 9:6

“As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” Genesis 8:22

Monday, May 15, 2017

Sorry we missed you!!

Sorry we missed you last month. As life has it, had a lot going on, but we're back!

So, what happens when life isn't like we imagined? Things don't go the way you planned or the way you wanted. Hurts come. Disappointments happen. Friends you trusted let you down. Parents are not the perfect people you envisioned.

Well, such is life, isn't it? In all of this, and then some, God is faithful! When it seems like He isn't faithful, you've got to know that He is! Often, our faith in life waivers because of these things. Where is God? We don't see Him. We don't feel Him. We don't hear Him. So, what do you do?

In scripture, both in the Old and the New Testaments, it is written that He will not leave us! But WE have to do something, too!

Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you (Deuteronomy 31:6 MSG) and

Don’t be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,” we can boldly quote, God is there, ready to help; I’m fearless no matter what. Who or what can get to me (Hebrew 13:5 MSG)?

We've said before that the life of the Christian is a walk of faith. Not something you wanted to hear, huh? Well, it is! Lay aside your doubts - TRUST GOD. Don't worry about the things you cannot do anything about - TRUST GOD. He IS there! Call Him and He will answer.

Let us hear from you - what do you do when you don't hear from God? What do you tell your fam and friends?



Sunday, April 2, 2017

Stand Up!

True Christians please stand up! Those who are seeking God with their whole hearts, please speak out! Soldiers for Christ who are not ashamed of the Gospel, show your face! Where is your voice?  In a world with so many competing messages, contradictory, and downright hostile toward our God, we cannot be timid in our faith. The Word calls us to proclaim with boldness and without shame. 

Acts 28:30-31 New International Version (NIV)
For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!

Romans 1:16 King James Version (KJV)
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

Don’t make the mistake of being content to just blend in as a “good” person.  Let’s support one another and hold one another accountable in Christian love that we may glorify God and lift up the name of Jesus with our whole being and without hesitation, countering the world’s messages that are destroying our youth. 

Tricia L. Murray
Executive Director

Sunday, February 26, 2017


     What is your heart longing for? Have you noticed that many, many people nowadays do NOT have a longing for God?? Huh...what happened to all of the hungry people? Hungry for God. Hungry for His presence. Hungry for His word. We just don't see that as much nowadays. Many have forgotten God, but I want to tell you that God is still God! Here are some passages from scripture to remind us that He is STILL strong, a protector, always with us, and is in control:

But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you (2 Thessalonians 3:3).

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV).

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10 NIV).

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? (Romans 8:31).

Lord, help us stay FOCUSED on You! Join the conversation!! Share your comments, questions, insight...

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Friday, January 20, 2017


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Thursday, January 19, 2017


           Tomorrow is Inauguration Day. There are many who will celebrate with President-Elect Trump, while others may experience other emotions - loss, anxiety, maybe even anger. No matter where
you fall on the continuum of this political roller coaster, there is one thing that is for sure - GOD HAS NOT CHANGED

He is the same God who parted the Red Sea 
and provided manna in the wilderness. 
He is the same God who created the 
heavens and the earth and then sent His 
Son to die for our sins when we messed up. 
He can do all things and we can count 
on Him to keep every promise. 
His Word is truth. 

          So, while others may spend the weekend riveted to their televisions and phones, we at FOCUSED Ministries, Inc. are moving forward with business as usual. Our focus is indeed stayed on the One who is everlasting to everlasting - Christ Jesus!

 Join the discussion!

Trish Murray, Executive Director